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Krakatau
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11 Jan 11 - The South Lampung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) lacked vital information in deciding to evacuate tens of thousands in danger zones near Mount Anak Krakatau, says this article in the Jakarta Post.

“We have taken anticipatory measures because ash continues to flow, while the seismograph used to monitor Mount Anak Krakatau could not provide data on its activities," said South Lampung BPBD head Abdul Shomad on Monday.

"The observation posts in Hargopancuran, Rajabasa, South Lampung, and Pasauran, Banten, have not yet been able to monitor volcanic activities because equipment installed around the volcano is still out of order."

“Observation from the naked eye shows volcanic ash and smoke, spewing from Mount Anak Krakatau at around 600 meters high,” said Hargopancuran observation station head Andi Suhardi. “(However), we cannot monitor seismic activities because the seismometers are not working after their solar panels were covered with volcanic ash.”

"Suhardi said his office had learned about the faulty monitoring devices installed on the slopes of Mt. Anak Krakatau on Dec. 27, thus failing to monitor volcanic activities from 6:30 p.m. until noon on Dec. 28, despite the fact that the volcano, located in the middle of the sea, was actively emitting volcanic materials.  

See entire article:
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/01/11/residents-be-evacuated-mt-anak-krakatau-spews-ash.html
Thanks to Bill Pojedinec for this link

 

Reminds me of Britain’s wind farms that almost ground to a halt during the coldest spells in December.

Of 3,153 (supposed) working wind turbines, only 30 were actually working.
See Whoa! Wind farms don't work in the cold

 
See also:
Krakatau erupting! Thousands evacuated!

11 Jan 11 - Eruptions from Krakatau volcano, Indonesia have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands residents.
See Krakatau erupting! Thousands evacuated!
 




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